This blog is a collaboration between Drs Noeline Wright and Dianne Forbes, teacher educators and educational researchers at the University of Waikato. We are keen on examining the role digital technologies can play in learning and teaching, as well as wider educational issues. We take turnabout in posting to this site.
We should also state that these views are our own, and do not represent the views of the University of Waikato or the Faculty of Education, where we both work
Monday, 12 January 2015
This blog started six months ago, arising
from a staffroom conversation where we decided we would establish a blog. Why?
To write about matters in education that matter to us. To write critically,
creatively, systematically and intuitively, and in my case – just to write.
Blogging is my attempt to increase fluency and the ease with which I put words
on a page in the hope that this will translate into confident and increasingly
prolific writing for publication.
From these beginnings, we have attempted to
write weekly posts, alternating responsibility between us. This approach is
intended to help us to sustain our blogging commitment, while making it more
manageable rather than a burden among the list of other chores compelling
projects. A blogging partnership also enables us to review each other’s posts
and to tackle different angles on educational issues.
For the most part, our first six months has
been successful – at least if success is to be judged by the achievement of
limited and modest goals like:
posting regularly and
writing to reflect on matters
of education importance
experiencing a degree of
satisfaction and enjoyment
In terms of audience, we sense that there
are a few people reading our blog. Possibly tweeting the links to new posts
helps with this. A number of supportive and encouraging colleagues have commented
on posts, sometimes here online but also sometimes at the lunch table. We
attracted a mention during connected educators month (Oct, 2014), and a couple
of international citations from interested colleagues. A few of our students
have read our blog, which is wonderful and we might dare to hope that some will
do so willingly rather than out of a feeling of duty. In any case, we
appreciate the interest shown.
As 2015 dawns it is time for us to look at
where we have come from, to take stock of our emerging identity as bloggers and
to look ahead to our future focus.
Revisiting the blog posts from our first
six months, I can identify a few salient themes that have preoccupied our
attention and kept us writing.
While our thinking may have moved on, we
continue to welcome responses to any of our posts. Let us know that you are
reading, how you might apply some of our ideas, or how your own thinking
As we enter 2015, we will continue to
respond to media and government reports, and to relate practice and research.
We’ll also keep you up-to-date with the progress of our Digital Smarts work. I am
keen to share some summer reading, my ongoing adventures with teaching and
social media, and my own learning along the way. 2015 is shaping up as another
good year of conferences and professional learning events, starting with
WCELFest in February, where I intend to talk about peer review of online
teaching, and will certainly craft a blog post in association with this.
Happy new year to all, and please let us
know that you are reading!